5th Edition

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies The Key Concepts

By John Hartley Copyright 2020
    346 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its fifth edition, this pioneering volume of Routledge’s ‘Key Guides' series offers clear explanations of key concepts, showing where they came from, what they are used for and why they provoke discussion or disagreement.

    The new edition is extensively revised to keep pace with rapidly evolving developments in communication, culture and media, providing topical and authoritative guidance to transformational shifts from broadcast to digital technologies, national to global media and disciplinary to diverse knowledge. It includes:

    • Nearly 250 entries, covering what and how to study across this multi-disciplinary field;
    • 50 new entries: from algorithm and assemblage, dance and data, to woke and worldbuilding;
    • Updated references with 500 items and suggestions for further reading;
    • Revisions, updates and examples throughout.

    For students and seasoned scholars alike, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies is an invaluable resource in an ever-changing landscape.

    Preface to the Fifth Edition
    List of Concepts

    The Concepts





    John Hartley is John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University. Research interests include popular media, creative industries and open knowledge. Recent books include Cultural Science (with Jason Potts), Creative Economy and Culture (with Wen Wen and Henry Li), and How We Use Stories and Why That Matters.

    Praise for the previous edition

    Hartley is no chump; he’s a wry guide and a puckish professor, embodying the young-old spirit of the discipline he has inhabited and informed for decades. … He provides serious, solid definitions, but also cheeky marginal notes on the official history. … In every sentence, you feel the author’s personality: his earnestness, his honesty, his childlike desire to engage, to ask, to argue. 
    Will Brooker, Kingston University, Times Higher Education.